Jail Referendum

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The county board voted overwhelmingly to place a sales tax referendum on the November ballot asking for money to build a new jail complex.

The vote was 27-1. If voters approve the referendum, it would increase the county sales tax by 1 percent. Food medicine and vehicle purchases would be exempt from the tax increase. County board members say the overcrowding issue must be addressed and asking their voters to be a part of the process is the right thing to do.

Jail tax referendums were defeated in 1993 anfd1996.